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Old 03 March 2008   #1
Uplift Universe - Image Entry: Daniel Lieske

Daniel Lieske is entered in the "Uplift Universe Challenge" update: View Challenge Page

Latest Update: Final Image: Saving The Alien Girl
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Old 03 March 2008   #2
Concept / pre-visualization: Concept Scribble

I would like to enter this challenge with a small concept scribble. For this challenge I want to depict one of the most basic relations between humans and aliens. Human heros kicking nasty alien's butts to save beautiful women is a theme with a great tradition in fantasy and sci fi art. I wanted to create a classic action scene for quite a while now but I never got anything going. I hope this challenge once again will help me to bring something to life that would otherwise stay hidden inside me.
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Old 03 March 2008   #3
Concept / pre-visualization: Hero Sketches

I want to use this challenge to develop a character that I scribbled in early 2006. It's a spaceship captain who somehow gets warped into an unknown part of the universe and has to find his way in a fantastic alien environment. These are my original sketches from 2006.
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Old 03 March 2008   #4
Concept / pre-visualization: Hero Sketches 2

I'm trying to get closer to the character that is in my head. I have not yet found the right proportions and style I'm looking for. In my imagination, the space captain is a tough and bulky guy. I want to go into the direction of Mike Mignola's Hellboy and the superhero paintings of Alex Ross. The character's name is Captain Orion (actually his name is O'Ryan but it just sounds like Orion so he got this nickname). Orion is supposed to wear one of these great silvery space suites and a satin pilot jacket with a fur purled hood. He also wears one of these astronaut caps, which I find look kind of goofy and cool the same time. I would like him to look like some old battle worn knight but in a space scenario. He's going to be fighting a really huge alien monster so he has to look like he's going to take some blows. I'll have to do some more sketches to find the character but the overall direction is right I think.
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Old 03 March 2008   #5
Concept / pre-visualization: Hero Sketches 3

I elaborated more on the hero character, this time I sketched some values to depict different materials. Later I would like to contrast different materials like blank metal, the silvery space suite, the dark rubbery parts on the arms and the shimmering flight satin of the jacket together with it's fur applications. I'm also getting closer to the look of the character every time. These variations are too old but I like the knight-like appearance. That's exactly, what I'm looking for.
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Last edited by digitaldecoy : 03 March 2008 at 08:37 PM. Reason: typo
Old 03 March 2008   #6
Nice sketches! Looking good. Looking forward for some Alien sketches
Good luck!
Old 03 March 2008   #7
Concept / pre-visualization: Hero Sketches 4

Now, that is pretty close to what I want the character to look like. The pose is a bit dull but for a costume shot that's ok, I guess. I will work out the finer details and proportions in the 3D model. I did not yet mention, that I'm going to use ZBrush on this project, did I? Well, the plan is to sculpt the whole scene and then do some sweet compositing with all the materials and so on. Well, I've never done that before so bear with me! :)
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Old 03 March 2008   #8
Thumbs up

Hi Daniel.
The current charakter sketch looks very nice! I can't wait to see the next steps and the other two protagonists.
I've already mentioned it: I love the chrome technique you are using to show the metal parts in your raw sketch.

Stay creative
Old 03 March 2008   #9
hey daniel,
great to see you here! cool sketches/concept so far, i will watch this thread for sure!

Old 03 March 2008   #10
Concept / pre-visualization: Scene Thumbnail Sketch

After I have designed my hero I now think that it might be usefull to define the scene I'm going to show a little bit more acurate.
I imagine the fight to take place in the treetops of an alien planet. The hero will take a dynamic jumping pose and the monster will taunt him with the damsel in distress in his claws.
Now, this small thumbnail is really very rough but it should give an impression of the work I'm still facing. I have no idea on the alien monster yet and I think I will design it to fit the flow of the tree trunk it's climbing on. The main concern will be to create distinctive shapes that read well. I guess that the 3D process will be helpfull because you can shift around and scale and rotate a lot until you get the right shape.
I decided that the 'damsel in distress' should be alien, too. Isn't that a nice twist - a human saving an alien from an alien! :)

Ok, what else? I quite like the color sceme but i will definetely not decide on this just yet. 3D is there to play around with everything later, isn't it?

I guess, it might be a good idea to sketch the whole scene out in ZBrush in the next step. Stay tuned!
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Old 03 March 2008   #11
Looks very good, i like the concept of this nice space hero, nice to see funny feel of your interpretation.
I haven't read a book, so i can't to tell more but I like it
Old 03 March 2008   #12
What's the name for your spaceship captain??

the sketches looks great, nice work!!
Old 03 March 2008   #13
Thanks for your nice replies!

The name of the hero is Captain Darragh O'Ryan (yeah, he's got irish roots...) but the other space prospectors mostly know him as Captain Orion. And I already have found a name for his space clipper, too. A few days ago I saw a flyer of a local reptile zoo. It features the 'world famous white alligator'. Well, and that's the name of his ship - the White Alligator. Bit his ship is not to be seen in this artwork. Perhaps in a later one.

Thanks for you interest!
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Last edited by digitaldecoy : 03 March 2008 at 09:58 PM. Reason: typo
Old 03 March 2008   #14
like the color sheme, the little guy remenber me buzz light gear ...
Old 03 March 2008   #15
Great sketches, nice colour work on the last one too
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